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APWU Web News Article 114-2017

Des Moines’ Postal Services Should Be Expanded, Not Cut!

11/13/2017 - The following is an op-ed by President Mark Dimondstein and Des Moines Area APWU Local 44 President Mike Bates that originally appeared in Des Moines' Register on Nov. 9.

The United States Postal Service belongs to all the people. Its valuable mission is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and mandated in legislation to “provide postal services to bind the Nation together” and to “provide prompt, reliable and efficient services to patrons in all areas.”

Incredibly, the USPS provides universal service six days a week to 156 million addresses and extensive Sunday package delivery. Postal services are provided no matter who we are or where we live – at reasonable rates – without the use of any taxpayer dollars.

APWU Web News Article 109-2017

Congress Plans Huge Tax Breaks for Corporations at the Expense of Working People

11/07/2017 - Last week, the House Republicans released their tax bill titled, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “Working families should not be used as piggy banks to enrich big business, big banks and billionaires.” said President Mark Dimondstein. "It is not designed to create jobs with a living wage and good benefits, but to enrich the corporate elite and the billionaire class," said Legislative and Politcal Director Judy Beard.

APWU Web News Article 107-2017

Pay Increase Coming Nov. 25

11/02/2017 - The third general wage increase under the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be effective Nov. 25, 2017. This wage increase will be reflected in the paycheck workers will receive on Dec.15, 2017.Career employees will receive a pay raise of 1.3 percent.

Postal Workers Recover from Hurricanes

Union Family Comes Together to Assist Affected Members

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

In less than a month, three catastrophic hurricanes made landfall slamming the south (especially Texas and Florida) as well as the U.S. territories Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The storms left devastation and destruction in their wakes. Hundreds of thousands of homes – including hundreds be- longing to APWU members – were significantly damaged or completely destroyed by wide-spread flooding, hurricane-force winds or mold afterward.

Labor News Briefs

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)


ROCU members protest for One Fair Wage in Washington, D.C.
Photo courtesy of ROCU

Fighting for One Fair Wage For All 

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers has not been increased in 25 years – and Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROCU) launched a campaign to change that.

Fight for Working Class Unity

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein 

"In Our Unity, Lies Our Strength!” “An Injury to One is an Injury to All!” These are crucial union principles for building a better life for postal, and all, workers.

The corporate rulers know it. They counter our unity and solidarity path with their strategy of “divide and conquer.” As Wall Street strives for maximum profits, there are many fault lines they exploit such as dividing native from foreign born, men from women, white from black, private from public sector, career from non-career and workers here from workers around the world. When they succeed in dividing us – they laugh all the way to the bank!

Let's Build The Grand Alliance

Field Hearings Demonstrate Broad Public Support

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

"Save and enhance the U.S. Postal Service” was the overwhelming spirit of the community field hearings held around the country by A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. A wide range of speakers reaffirmed the need for a public postal system and rejected privatization, while recognizing that changes must be undertaken to bring the USPS fully into the 21st century.

Campaign for Postal Banking

Bank Closings and Lack of Confidence Point the Way to Postal Banking

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

Way back in 1956, an article in the Monthly Business Review made a case for ending the Postal Savings System (see box). “It would seem that the Postal Savings System has outlived any social or economic need it may have once satisfied,” wrote the Cleveland Federal Reserve

Single-Payer Health Care - Its Time Has Come

11/01/2017 - (This article first appeared in the November-December 2017 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

The following is an op-ed by President Mark Dimondstein that originally appeared in Cleveland's The Plain Dealer on Sept. 20.

Congress is back from its summer recess and the problems with our nation’s health care system haven’t gone away. How to fix health care is once again being hotly debated. Recently, President Donald Trump warned Republican senators that they must do something or be confronted with the dangers of “single-payer” health care. But, single-payer shouldn’t be the boogey- man – its time has come.

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